Vlog 98: Shooting board follow-up & stuff

Video Notes

  • Last week’s video was on making a shooting board:
    • What keeps the plane from cutting into the edge of the base board that the work piece is sitting on? Isn’t the blade protruding beyond the base of the plane that you indicate is sliding on the edge of the base board? The side of the mouth of the plane does not allow the blade to cut the entire thickness of the material support. Therefore it cannot remove much material. Just enough to keep it in line with the fence. 
    • What if I don’t have a huge jointing plane like that? Just about any plane will do the job. Use whatever plane you have. 
  • Possibly 2 videos this week. One from my Michigan trip with Tyler G and a possible 2nd video making pantry shelves to knock that off the honey-do list.
  • Be safe, be productive, talk to you later.


  1. i wasn’t one of those that asked, but you answered my question about the plane cutting into the shooting board edge. Thanks for the update!

  2. I would really like the pantry video. I need to upgrade my pantry and seeing your ideas would help me to think of ways to make my pantry better.

  3. Jay- I have looked at numerous videos about the internet regarding making and using a shooting board, but no discussion about setting the plane blade angle to insure the plane blade runs perpendicular to the top of the shooting board. This would seem to me to be import to insure a square end in all directions of the work piece. Is there a technique for this?

    • I mentioned it in the original shooting board video on Sunday. Check the angle cut into the board with a square and adjust the lever on the plane to correct it. Then check your results and make changes as necessary.

  4. Great follow up. I will also be waiting for the pantry video, as my pantry still has the steel and particle board shelves from the blue store. I promised myself when I “finished” my house four years ago that those would be temporary.

  5. We have a built-in pantry closet right next to the kitchen about 4 ft wide by 2 ft deep with built-in wooden shelves. It always bugged me that the tin can goods were stacked two to three cans high and three to four cans deep. You had to unstack everything to see what was in the back. I built two drawers, one deep enough to lay the smaller size soup cans on their side, the other deep enough for the regular size cans. The drawers were attached to the underside of two of the shelves with half round dowels nailed to the drawer bottoms to keep the cans from rolling around. Worked so slick that I ended up building drawers for some of our neighbors and all of our kids. Just something to think about when to do your build.

  6. Jay, re the pantry: check out Frank Howarth’s redo of his pantry. I really enjoy your videos and like the direction of your channel. Thanks for your efforts.

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